Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'd Give a Theme Song To

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is:
Top Ten Books I'd give a theme song to

Since I'm such a huge music snob, this is a topic that took me weeks to work on. Seriously, like a month. I went so far as to go through all the 2000 songs on my iTunes account to find just the right song for each book. Some were easy (like, #1 was a total no-brainer. I knew that was the theme song for that book ever since it came out) but others took me a while to figure out.

(All links to song lyrics do not contain pop-ups)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Uprising by Muse
"They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious"
Can you think of a song more suited to the battlecry of Mockingjay than this one? I didn't think so. In fact, if this song isn't on the movie soundtrack, I'm going to be VERY upset.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Resistance by Muse
"Love is our resistance
They'll keep us apart 
But they won't stop breaking us down
Hold me
Our lips must always be sealed."

Honestly, Muse's entire Resistance album is a dystopian literature lover's dream!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Thank You for Loving Me by Jon Bon Jovi
"Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes
When I couldn't see
For parting my lips
When I couldn't breathe
Thank you for loving me"

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Winter by Tori Amos
"I run off
Where the drifts get deeper
Sleeping beauty trips me with a frown
I hear a voice
Your must learn to stand up for yourself
Cause I can't always be around He says

When you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses are still in bed
I tell you that I'll always want you near
You say that things change my dear"

Paper Towns by John Green
Creep by Radiohead
"But I'm a creep
I'm a weirdo
What the hell I'm doing here?
I don't belong here

She's running out again

She's running out
run, run run"

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Missing by Evanescence
"Please, please forgive me,
But I won't be home again.
Maybe someday you'll look up,
And, barely conscious, you'll say to no one:
Isn't something missing?

You won't cry for my absence, I know -
You forgot me long ago.
Am I that unimportant...?
Am I so insignificant...?
Isn't something missing?
Isn't someone missing me? "

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Everybody Hurts by REM
"When your day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone
When you're sure you've had enough
Of this life, well hang on

Don't let yourself go

'Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes"

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Sing by My Chemical Romance
"Sing it out
Boy, you got to see what tomorrow brings
Sing it out
Girl, you’ve got to be what tomorrow needs
For every time that they want to count you out
Use your voice every single time you open up your mouth"

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Turn to Stone by Ingrid Michaelson
"I know that I am nothing new
There's so much more than me and you
But brother, how we must atone
before we turn to stone"

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Gravity by Sara Bareilles
"I live here on my knees
as I try to make you see
that you're everything I think I need here on the ground.
But you're neither friend nor foe
though I can't seem to let you go.
The one thing that I still know is that you're keeping me down
You're on to me, on to me, and all over...
Something always brings me back to you.
It never takes too long."
I'm going to be entirely honest. I haven't actually read Crank yet, but the theme of the novel makes me think very much of the performance by Kayla and Kupono about addiction on So You Think You Can Dance. I just watched it again, and am amazed that it still moved me to tears:


  1. It helps a lot (especially for those of us---like me---who are lost musically these days) to have included lyrics. Thank you!

    Here's my
    Top Ten Books I'd Give a Theme Song To.
    I'd love to have you stop by.

    And I hope you'll also enter the Readerbuzz February Giveaway! You could win All Kinds of Kisses or Paris to the Past or a $25 Amazon giftcard!

  2. It definitely shows that you worked hard on this list! Every single one seems perfect. And I agree with Deb above--including some sample lyrics was a great idea. :)

  3. I love your pick for Delirium! And for TFiOS! You really thought these ones out!

  4. Wow, you did a great job! I haven't read all of these, but the ones I have, you matched dead on!

  5. Great tracks=D I totally agree on Thirteen Reasons Why. It's just so sad...

    Drop by my Top 10?

  6. Wow I know a lot of these songs. Wanted to do a top ten this week but I'm not very good with music, just listen to what I like but can never remember what anything is!

  7. Yes! Great picks! I saw another list that had Muse's "Resistance" for Mockingjay. The Muse/Mockingjay pairing is really perfect.
    And OMG, I had forgotten about "Gravity." Best SYTYCD ever, seriously. Thanks for posting.

  8. Great list! You've picked some great songs!

  9. GREAT song choice for Mockingjay! It fits really well.

    Thanks for sharing your book theme songs with us! And sorry it caused you so much stress! :)

    Jen @ The Broke and the Bookish